Richard was born in Atlanta, GA. He finished his Bachelor's (BA) and Master's (MSW) at Alabama A&M University in Social Work. After completing his BA and MSW, Richard received his doctoral degree from Capella University. Richard's hobbies are fishing, coaching little league baseball, and attending Atlanta Braves games. Richard has two boys (Cameron and Caleb). He will teach MSW classes at Walden University as a Faculty, Contributing - Master of Social Work.